July 2, 2019 at 2:18 pm PDT | by Staff reports
What are you doing for your summer vacation?

Now that Pride season 2019 is a kind of a wrap, the rainbow of vacation options suddenly appear in minds everywhere. Whether you are thinking Grand Canal, Baja, Palm Springs, the open skies of Montana or an island getaway downunder, the options for LGBT travel are aplenty.

The LGBT travel market is said to be valued at an estimated $211 billion (worldwide). At least that is the number the travel industry likes to throw around when considering us as targets for marketing the next big thing, but lost in that number may be a basic misunderstanding. We tend not to be big planners when we decide to get away. We tend to work hard and then, after accomplishing something big, we decide to get out of town.

Los Angeles Blade reached out to many of the key players in the creation of Pride celebrations here in Los Angeles as well as a couple of everyday locals, asking about their plans.

Jeff Consoletti (Photo courtesy JJLA)

Jeff Consoletti, perhaps the hardest working person in LGBT Pride showbiz (he is the man behind the staging of LA Pride and of Pride Island at this year’s World Pride in NYC for Stonewall 50), says he couldn’t wait to get out of town.

Why do you want/deserve a vacation?
My team and I at JJLA just finished producing NYC World Pride’s Pride Island Festival, featuring Grace Jones and Madonna. This coming off of an epic LA Pride Festival weekend and several other smaller events in between! Time to relax!!

Where you hope to go?
Heading to Cape Cod for some beach, fun, family and “lobstah!”

When you hope to go?
I’m already there! LOL.

What you will be doing on vacation?
As little as possible!

What do vacations do for your brain/soul/work ethic?
Summers on cape cod take me back to my childhood and let me reset, relax and unwind. There is nothing quite like it and the area just truly lets me unplug and recharge.

Do you have a go to place, a favorite destination you return to over and over again or do you try something new?
My partner Rob and I spend July 4th week annually in Provincetown and visiting my folks in Falmouth. Nothing beats summers on the Cape, especially over the 4th.

Do you plan it or wing it?
Wing it!

Where will you stay and how will you get there?
We rent a house and stay with family for a few days as well. We fly to Boston and rent a car so we can visit all our favorite spots.

Brian Rosman and his husband Tyler Diehl. (Photo courtesy Rosman)

Brian Rosman, the owner of Dog and Duck Public Relations owner and Christopher Street West’s messaging man. He and his husband, Tyler Diehl are double dipping this year, just back from the Bahama’s after LA Pride but now ready for a real vacation. Pride is that exhausting. Brian, who lives in Los Angeles and Nashville say they are all set for Puerto Rico.

Why do you want/deserve a vacation?
Everybody deserves a vacation. It’s important to get yourself out of your day-to-day routine. It opens you up to new experiences and helps you be a more complete person.

Where you hope to go?
Puerto Rico

When you hope to go?
Any time. All the time.

What you will be doing on vacation?
I like to do a lot of things: relax, eat well and be adventurous. I love to try great restaurants, the ones that are daily favorites of the locals as well as the dining destinations and culinary experiences. I love to explore new environments and pretend what my life would be like if I lived there. I find my morning coffee shop, hit up the local gym and find a nice quiet place to enjoy a day at the beach. Places like Puerto Rico also have great outdoor adventures. I love mixing together, active, gluttonous and relaxing vacations all-in-one.

What vacations do for your brain/soul/work ethic?
I’m just a better person overall after a vacation.

Do you have a go to place, a favorite destination you return to over and over again or do you try something new?
I like to try new things. I just got back from the Rosewood Baha Mar which was beautiful. Next up, we’re headed to the Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. The property is beautiful and they take great care of you.

Do you plan it or wing it?
I do a mix of both. It helps that I’m married to a travel agent. He looks after the best places to stay and I plan our restaurants and adventures.

Where will you stay and how will you get there?
We’re loyal to Delta and Marriott Bonvoy. We try to fly Delta whenever we can. They are a great airline that supports our community. We’ll be staying at the Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach in San Juan, which is a Marriott Bonvoy property.

Robin Tyler (l) is pictured here with her wife Diane Olson in Cancun, their go to place. (Photo by Karen Ocamb)

Robin Tyler is perhaps one of our community’s most treasured influencers, a pioneering force since the early 60s when she first caught the world’s eye as a Judy Garland impersonator, later becoming a lesbian activist and entrepreneur and a forceful personality at the 1979 March on Washington, among many other things.

Her greatest role, however, may have been as wife of Diane Olson, a relationship that changed the course of history when the couple went to the Beverly Hills Courthouse and demanded a marriage license, which they were denied. Tyler and Olson, along with Rev. Troy Perry and Phillip Ray de Blieck (already legally married in Canada) then sued for the right to marry in California, leading to a decision in May 2008 declaring the constitutional right to marry for same sex couples.

Since Diane’s death in January from brain cancer, Robin has been finding her footing and was woman about town during LA Pride, attending many events and getting lots of love.

“I owned a tour company for lesbians for 25 years. My late wife, Diane Olson and I traveled all over the world with women!

Elephants are my favorite animals and while Kenya only has 1500 left, Botswana has 150,000! We stayed in a lodge along the river and went on boat expeditions to see the elephants. Then we went to Chief’s Island, where there were only 2 camps, and only 24 allowed per camp. My favorite camp in Africa is Mambo. There was terrific viewing of lions and cubs on the Island.

I also loved the Galapagos, because the sea lions have never been hunted, so when you step off the boat, you walk among them!

But no matter where we went, every year we would go to Cancun in Oct. for our vacation. We had a timeshare right on the ocean, and bought it 25 years ago. We got to walk on the beach, scuba dive (usually in Cozumel), watch the newly born turtles return to the sea, and just relax. We never missed one year. Last year was Diane’s final visit to Cancun. This year, I am returning with close friends as Diane wishes to have her ashes scattered in the ocean there.”

Arturo Jimenez. (Photo by Troy Masters)

Arturo Jimenez works at Zara and inadvertently helped dress Madonna’s Madame X staging. He didn’t know it at the time but one of his customers happened to be a dresser for the show’s staff and was so appreciative of his recommendations that on the day after Pride, the creative team sent a nice “Thank you” package from Sugarfina. “It was all a big surprise to me. I loved knowing that.”

Why you want/deserve a vacation?
Pride has been exhausting for our home and work has been crazy with the sale at Zara. We didn’t get to go to New York.

Where you hope to go?
Parks of Utah, I hope. Maybe Santa Fe.

When you hope to go?
This month or next.

What you will be doing on vacation?
Looking at landscapes. I thinking Georgia O’Keefe, a dream adventure.

What vacations do for your brain/soul/work ethic?
I hope it’s a reboot of everything.

Do you have a go to place, a favorite destination you return to over and over again or do you try something new?
I’m from Costa Rica and going home is always nice.

Do you plan it or wing it?
Mixture.

Where will you stay and how will you get there?
At mixture of glam and trash. Motel 6 to Four Seasons!

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